Unexpected Custom – 1987 Yamaha SDR200

In Custom, Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: After 36 bids on eBay, this SDR200 sold for $2,925.

Originally built just for the Japanese market, the SDR200 was a small cafe racer that predated the Ducati Monster with a trellis frame, naked styling, and the three-spoke wheels. It was only offered for one year, and a tiny amount of them found their way in to the grey market to be resold in Europe, Australia, and the US. The seller has clearly put a lot of money into this example, but we’ll see if the market thinks his/her modifications were improvements or detriments.

The SDR featured a two-stroke single cylinder engine with Yamaha’s YPVS technology. The 195cc engine was good for 34 horsepower, and the motorcycle had a 6-speed transmission. All of that came in a package that weighed just 253 pounds, enabling a claimed top speed of 99 miles per hour.

This example has 4,500 miles on the chassis but just 200 miles on the rebuilt motor. As mentioned above, the seller modified this bike a lot – powdercoated frame and wheels, a custom exhaust, LED headlight, custom leather seat, Daytona steering damper, and even a custom aluminum tank built by Bedlam Werks.

Find this SDR for sale in Dacula, Georgia with bidding up to $1,525